English cricket star Ben Stokes has issued a public apology after a video emerged of him appearing to mimic a disabled boy.
The boy Stokes was imitating was Harvey Price, the son of British TV personality and model Katie Price.
Harvey suffers from a number of medical conditions including autism.
Ben Stokes apologises
Stokes issued a public apology on his Twitter after huge public backlash to his video.
“Earlier this year I was shown a clip of Harvey being asked on “Loose Women” how he responds to internet trolls.
Please see below my apology to Katie and Harvey pic.twitter.com/hFx5DnBb8H
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) October 11, 2017
“I loved Harvey’s directness with his response – he said what most of us think but perhaps aren’t brave enough to say, let alone on live TV.
“I foolishly attempted to copy the clip after I saw it a few times. I should never have done this and I am so sorry.”
“It was absolutely not my intention to offend Harvey, Katie or anybody else.”
“I have written to both Harvey and Katie to say sorry and prior to this offered to meet in person at the end of last month with a view to also getting behind their petition about online bullying. I do hope I can put this right.”
Stokes is referring to this TV appearance from Harvey Price on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’.
Sponsor dumps Ben Stokes
It has been a difficult month for Stokes. His alleged involvement in a brawl outside a nightclub has also seen him make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
New Balance, one of his major sponsors, had enough and dumped Stokes.
New Balance told the BBC it “does not condone behaviour that does not match our brand culture and values.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board has said Stokes will not travel to Australia with his teammates “at this stage”.